WATERLOO (KWWL) -- Waterloo Columbus won the Class 2A District 3 Championship Friday night at T.J. McLaughlin Field with a dramatic 28-21 victory over Iowa Falls-Alden.
The win gives Coach Aundra Meeks a District Title to go with the 2004 State Championship in Class 2A.
Columbus moved into scoring territory in the first quarter on a 52-yard pass from Jay Schmit to Lamar Sayles. With 3:06 left in the first quarter, Sayles scored from the one to give Columbus a 7-0 lead.
Just 39-seconds into the second quarter, Iowa Falls-Alden tied it on a 25-yard touchdown run by Parker Krause. Krause weaved his way through the Columbus defense and cut back beautifully to outrun everyone to the end zone for the Cadet score.
Columbus had a 76-yard touchdown pass from Schmidt to Sayles called back because of a personal foul. But, with just 1:14 left before halftime, Jay Schmit found Amir Robinson in the end zone on a 38-yard touchdown pass and a 14-7 Columbus halftime lead.
Columbus took a 21-7 lead ion the 3rd quarter, before Iowa Falls-Alden scored twice to tie the game at 21.
But, with 7:26 left in the game, Lamar Sayles got loose again. He bounced off one would-be tackler and raced 52-yards for the winning touchdown. On the night, Sayles carried the ball 31 times for 241 yards. Jay Schmit went 4 for 10 passing and through for 126 yards and one touchdown.
The Columbus defense took over in the final minutes. The Sailors stopped Iowa Falls-Alden on 4th down at the Columbus 5-yard line with just 22-seconds left to play. The stop gave Columbus the District Title and home field advantage in the first round of the playoffs next Wednesday night at T. J. McLaughlin Field at Columbus High School.
Columbus beats Iowa Falls-Alden, 28-21 to finish undefeated in District play at 7-0. Columbus is 7-2 overall, after starting the season with two straight non-district losses.
Online Reporter: Ron Steele